Led by his teammates, Garrett Black, 8, was remembered in prayer, through song and with the placing of a single red carnation on homeplate by the Brewers' players and coaches. Garrett was killed in a school bus accident at the Cartersville City Schools' bus barn on Milner Road.
"On behalf of the Cartersville Little League family, I would like to express our deepest sympathy for the tragic lose of Garrett Black of the Brewers," Cartersville Little League President Pete Nunn said. "It's very hard to lose a loved one, a teammate, a son or daughter. We would like to say how deeply saddened we are as a community."
CLL dedicated the season to Garrett, and his teammates will wear his No. 8 on their jersey for the remainder of the season.
"Thankfully he got a game in, it was blessed he got a game in. I know his team really feels for him," Nunn said of Garrett's first game with CLL last weekend.
Also speaking during Tuesday's ceremony was Garrett's pastor, Rev. James Black of Raccoon Baptist Church.
"It is always hard when we lose someone who's a part of lives and part of our family. It makes no difference how old they are, but it is especially hard when someone is very young, just at the budding of life it seems and they're suddenly gone, tragically, unexpectedly," Black said. "The pain and the hurt seems to be deeper then than at any other time and there are no immediate answers as to why, but we can look to the one who does know the answer and that is Jesus Christ. We can choose to put our trust in him when we don't understand."
Reading Psalm 121, Black remembered Garrett as a young man who "enjoyed being who he was."
"The most important thing to remember is that Garrett was a young man who has taught us a great deal is his short time here. He has taught us the value of life -- that life is to be treasured, it is to be savored and each day is a gift for which we are not to take it for granted," Black said. "He is also a young man who enjoyed life. ... He enjoyed being a part of his family, he enjoyed being a part of his church, he enjoyed being a part of his ball team.
"As this season is played out let us remember his life and the value of his life and most importantly the value of the one who is the giver of life, and that is Christ himself. For without the God who has given us life and the hope we have in him, this tragedy would be absolutely unbearable."
Coaches for Garrett declined to comment, referring all questions to Nunn.
Nunn said Cartersville Little League wanted to show the support of the community through the tribute to Garrett.
"For me personally, I've coached youth sports for 22 years and I'm all about making everything a family. We want community, family first," he said. "Even though we are separate teams during the season, in the end we are all one community."
Along with the carnations, a matted and framed photo of Garrett and his team was signed by the Brewers and will be presented to the family. Garrett's family will receive friends at Owen Funeral Home tonight from 5 to 9. Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday at 11 a.m. at Raccoon Baptist Church.